LIVERPOOL will fancy their chances of keeping the pressure on at the top of the table as they host second-bottom Crystal Palace at Anfield this Saturday.
The Reds are enjoying a good start to the season with 13 points from a possible 18 so far and they are currently second behind only Arsenal.
They opened up with three straight 1-0 wins before the slightest of blips after a 2-2 draw at Swansea was followed by a single goal home defeat to Southampton but they bounced back in style last weekend with a 3-1 victory at Sunderland.
Crystal Palace, on the other hand, aren’t enjoying the best of starts since their return to the Premier League as they sit second-bottom of the table with only a single victory to show from their opening six matches.
That victory came against the only side below them, Sunderland, but it is now three straight league defeats, all by the same 2-0 scoreline, to Manchester United, Swansea and Southampton.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be without a couple of regulars through injury as Glen Johnson still struggles with an ankle injury picked up against Manchester United whilst Aly Cissokho and Joe Allen are both expected to return after the international break.
Philippe Coutinho doesn’t look likely to return from his shoulder injury until the end of October while Sebastian Coates is expected to miss most of the season with a knee injury.
Crystal Palace have now gone 270 minutes without scoring in the league whilst Reds’ keeper Simon Mignolet has been forced into making more saves than any other stopper so far this season.
These aren’t the kind of games that will decide Palace’s Premier League fate but they need to start picking points up soon to ensure that they don’t leave themselves too much to do later on in the season.
Liverpool still have ambitions of winning their first Premier League title for 24 years but need to show the consistency that has let them down over recent seasons.
This one should see Liverpool maintain their current position with a comfortable victory.